We have a $2 billion dollar overage in state taxes this year and the state is looking to increase taxes anyway. It is bad enough that the state is even considering a toll plaza on I-95. Now they want to levy a tax on landfill use.
Hey, we already pay the county to run the landfill here. Then if we want to use the landfill that we are already paying for, we have to pay tipping fees for use of the facility. Now the state is trying to get in on the action and levy a $2 tax per ton. That will increase the money we pay for each personal load we take to the landfill and will also raise the price of garbage collection that we pay commercial businesses or towns to contract businesses to perform.
A garbage tax on garbage? ENOUGH ALREADY!!! STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This greed has got to stop.
Here is the article from WMPM
Bill Would Add $2 Per Ton Tax On Garbage Taken To Landfills - Johnston County officials are keeping a close eye on legislation that would add a $2 per ton solid waste tax paid to the state on all items brought into landfills. The proposal, included in Governor Mike Easley’s budget, would tax landfill users across the state. Johnston County Commissioner Wade Stewart said Johnston County had a “great” solid waste disposal system in place. “We don’t need the state’s intervention or taxes – it’s not welcome in Johnston County ,” Stewart told WMPM. Haywood Phthisic, Assistant Director of the Johnston County Public Utility Department said the state was attempting to generate funds to close out old landfills that many towns use to operate. “The funds would make sure they were properly closed, so there were no risks to groundwater or any other contamination.” If the measure is passed, Johnston ’s solid waste garbage fee, which is currently $33, would rise to $35 per ton. A second proposal would place a moratorium on permits for new landfills until 2008. The moratorium, if approved, would allow the state more time to study solid waste disposal issues.